Popular ‘Local Surfers Local Lens’ event to benefit new youth group
LAHAINA – Dooma Photos will present the number one surf-social function of the year on Saturday night (May 23) at Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill, featuring good music, door prizes, extreme raffle and epic slideshow.
The seventh annual “Local Surfers Local Lens” event is the don’t-miss, onshore wave rider experience on Maui – Damian Antioco’s giveback to the Maui surfing community.
Selecting the best from 60,000 shots, the powerhouse pro photographer from Napili scales the cliffs and rocky shorelines from Honolua to Hana to capture the 1,000 best pics of the year.
“I go from June until April,” Antioco (“Dooma” to many) told the Lahaina News, and he is generous with his talent.
“I try to get everybody included, all different levels and ages – from four to 69;” and, with a flash drive exchange, “everyone gets their photos for free.”
Ron Panzo, owner of Lulu’s, hosts the event annually to a packed house.
“We teamed up with Dooma when we first opened (2008). Lulu’s celebrates ocean sports, surfing in particular. Dooma, he’s a photographer of surfing. It just seemed like a natural fit,” Panzo observed.
Don’t be late; it starts at 6 p.m., Dooma advised.
“We’re adding a red carpet entrance,” Dooma said, and the paparazzi (Mike Stu of Stu Visuals) will be shooting the scene until 7:30 p.m. as celebrity surfers arrive.
It’s a fun, family event as well, open to all ages until 10 p.m.
Head High, Maui’s interactive rock, ska, funk and punk four-piece band, opens the evening festivities with a performance until 7:30 p.m.
The raffle commences at 7:30 p.m.; some attend only to win the prizes: surfboards, skateboards, massages, facials, artwork, jewelry, gift certificates, activities and lots more – the list is monumental.
Emcee and raffaleer is Shane Hurdman; he’s been the master of ceremonies from the beginning.
Dooma lauds his stage presence.
“My day job as CrossFit coach at CrossFit Napili is all about keeping a large group of people pumped up and having a good time,” Hurdman said.
“… Every year it’s for a great cause. This year it’s for the new youth group, Pomaika’i,” Hurdman added.
Tickets are $5 each. All proceeds profit the 2015 beneficiary, Pomaika’i.
Luke Adolfson is the coordinator of the “brand new organization” and coach of the Lahainaluna High School surf team.
“Pomaika’i means blessed,” he explained. “We are purely focused on blessing Maui’s keiki through the art of surfing and exploring Maui’s many blessings – building and mentoring the next generation to be thankful, to love, respect and be stewards of the land and the sea.”
Adolfson speaks highly of Dooma’s “incredible impact to Maui’s surfing community. Everyone is thrilled to see Dooma. The groms, aunties and uncles can’t wait see if they got a Dooma shot on Facebook or Instagram. He is so generous with his gift. Surfers are thankful for Dooma.”
The infamous, hour-long slide show starts at 8:45 p.m.
Dino Tassara of Multi Copter Maui is the mastermind behind the presentation of the 1,000-shot mix of surf pix.
Although it takes “some time to create,” Tassara said he does it annually “to help out Dooma” and the cause.
The slide show is a hard act to follow; but the Wave Warriors will dominate the stage from 10 p.m.
It’s all-around, standing-room-only awesome.
Tamara Paltin, community leader, supports Dooma in his outreach.
“It’s a family-friendly event centered on giving back. It’s important for our community to get involved in nurturing our places and our people. I hope that one day the Save Honolua Coalition can put together a fundraiser as successful as this slideshow. Love that the proceeds go back to our local community causes,” she commented.
Maui artist and SurfCo Hawaii Team Rider Ian Pierce Haight has contributed his art over the years.
“I’ve donated to Dooma’s event in the past to help save Honolua Bay. I met Dooma through surfing there as he got some shots of me surfing, and my sponsors have used some for various reasons. This year is for Maui’s Youth, which is automatic! To have young groms so focused on surfing and the ocean is awesome! That’s what I have loved about the event since I started donating,” he said.
The sought-after photographer’s mom, Regina Antioco Robles, is perhaps his most fervent fan.
“He always gives back to the community, and he loves helping children. He’s my son; what can I say? He is a fun, loving, caring guy, and I’m proud to be his mom,” she messaged.
The “Local Surfers Local Lens” Saturday night fete rocks at Lulu’s Surf Club & Grill at Lahaina Cannery Mall from 6 p.m. until closing. (Groms leave at 10 p.m.)
“Maui is blessed with incredible surf and surfers, and you find both at the event. A lot of surfers say, ‘It is the end of winter season party!’ ” Hurdman said, adding, “It’s awesome to see the community come together and support a great cause and have fun while doing it. Looking forward to May 23rd!”